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... but just couldn't take it anymore.
One highlight has been making a new friend who is also a laowai (foreigner) that can speak confident Chinese. After having dinner together I suddenly feel a lot more empowered about my role, my job and the art of being a laowai in China. Basically it all comes down to confidence. I have to be boss of every situation, and should make demands and expect to get them met just because I am white and ...
... motorcycles, scooters, bikes, and pedestrians. The light just turns green and you go. Driving is insane, there might as well not be any lanes painted on the road. Driving here is kind of like a cat, "if it fits, it sits", so "if it fits, it goes"... and sometimes not even if it fits it still goes. But the taxis are pretty cheap which is good.
There are a ton of markets around here, so we went to the supermarket to get food to keep ...
I have now been in Hangzhou for 8 days. As each day passes I am learning new things and feeling more and more comfortable. I have almost gotten to the point where I can walk around the streets and ignore the stares.
I am in my apartment now, which is good, but it is also a little boring being there by myself. There is certainly not an English speaker anywhere to be found in this district. I have discovered that most of the foreigners are ...
... pot type thing. Definitely the best thing I ate here so far.
Scarlet, the girl from Chinesetown, will organise my Chinese lesson timetable to start next week, because it turns out that I won't be teaching much in the next month or so, so I can concentrate on studying Chinese. I think I will be teaching a middle school class which the current English teacher cannot control, so that should be fun. I am actually looking forward to ...
I arrived in Hangzhou last night, and it is fair to say it is a bit of an adjustment for me. I owe a debt of gratitude to my friend Will who not only picked me up from the airport but patiently trudged around the city all day with me finding places I need to know how to get to. He is 4 years my junior, but here I feel like a useless child who would be almost clueless without his help.
Anyway after he picked me up from the airport he drove me to a hotel ...
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